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Chicago 'Hobos' Gang's Alleged Members Face Murder, Drug Charges After 6-Year Investigation

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    CHICAGO, Sept 26 (Reuters) - Nine members of a Chicago street gang called the "Hobos" face federal racketeering conspiracy charges stemming from drug sales, robberies and five murders, officials said on Thursday in announcing indictments after a six-year investigation. 

    The "Hobos" gang is from Chicago's South Side, which has been struggling with a

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    • Written by The Chicago Defender
    • Category: Chicago

    Pat Quinn, Alderman Float Potential For State Police To Help Combat Chicago Crime, Top Cop Balks

    Illinois National Guard

    Chicago's top cop is saying "no thanks" to the idea of outside forces like Illinois State Police and the National Guard coming into the city to help curb gun and gang violence.

    "The National Guard is not a policing force, they are a military force," McCarthy said after a police graduation ceremony at Navy Pier Monday. "Let's stop the hysteria."

    McC...

    • Written by The Chicago Defender
    • Category: Chicago

    Deonta' Howard, 3-Year-Old Hurt In Chicago Mass Shooting, Visits Church After Hospital Release

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      Photo courtesy: Pastor Cory Brooks

      Doctors say 3-year-old Deonta' Howard faces a decade of reconstructive surgery after he was shot in the face last Thursday in Cornell Square Park.

      Updated story

      A week after the mass shooting in Cornell Square Park that injured Deonta' Howard and 12 others, the 3-year-old
      is finally headed home.

      Deonta' was released

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      • Written by The Chicago Defender
      • Category: Chicago

      William Beavers Sentenced: Ex-Cook County Commissioner Gets 6 Months In Prison For Tax Evasion

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        Ex-Cook County Commissioner William Beavers was sentenced Wednesday morning to serve six months in prison and pay tens of thousands of dollars in fees and restitution for campaign funds he was convicted of not reporting on his taxes.

         

        The often-colorful Beavers -- who previously proclaimed himself as a "hog with the big nuts" -- could have been

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        • Written by The Chicago Defender
        • Category: Chicago